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Urban League walking 'to work for change,' end violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One of the deadliest years on record in Louisville is prompting the Urban League to take "steps" to end the violence.

On the heels of 81 murders this year, the group is organizing a "Walk to Work for Change."

"They're not statistics or numbers, they're someone's sons, someone's father, someone's daughter," President Sadiqa Reynolds explained.

Her office on Broadway overlooks a small patch of grass filled with little figures -- one for each of the souls lost to violence in our city this year. 

"We have a problem with drugs in our community we have a problem with lack of education we have a problem with lack of jobs and opportunities," Reynolds added.

The Urban League president believes that lack of education has fueled much of the violence which has led to the city's highest murder rate in decades. So this weekend, the group will walk through the West End to honor the victims and give hope to the living.

"We will be calling the names of each individual killed," Reynolds said. "After the walk we're gonna have job opportunities."

Reynolds explained counselors will be on hand taking forms to help place participants in jobs across the city.

"To just focus on violence is not enough how do you what is the root cause and if you search far enough you will find it's jobs and education," she said.

Steps she hopes will help stem the tidal wave of violence in our city.

"This is not a cure all it's not the answer but it is one way that we might come together," Reynolds said. 

Walkers will meet here outside their officer on the corner of 16th and Broadway Sunday at 3:30.

Reynolds is inviting everyone to participate.

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